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VCU Pauley Heart Center

VCU Pauley Heart Valve Center                     (804) 828-8258

Dr. Zachary Gertz and Dr. Derek BrinsterThe VCU Pauley Heart Valve Center team is made up of a multidisciplinary group with members from interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery, advanced cardiac imaging, vascular surgery, cardiac anesthesia and many others. Our team provides comprehensive medical and surgical treatment options for heart valve disease all in a caring environment designed to deliver the most advanced cardiovascular care.  Our experienced physicians are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease and can offer patients with complex heart conditions new hope that is not available at most hospitals.

The VCU Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in Central Virginia to offer a new method of aortic valve replacement that helps patients with severe aortic stenosis to feel better and live longer. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is helpful for older patients with multiple illnesses who cannot undergo open-heart surgery or are at extremely high risk. Before the availability of TAVR, these patients had few treatment options.

The heart valve center also offers traditional surgical treatment options and an extensive experience in Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery. Minimally invasive valve surgery does not require a large incision or cutting through the entire breastbone. The surgeon gains access to the heart through one to three smaller, less visible incisions (sometimes called “ports”) that can be made between the ribs or a smaller breastbone incision, as well as one small incision in the groin.

To learn more about these treatment options:

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

 

Patients are now being evaluated in the VCU Pauley Heart Valve Center currently located in the third floor of the Ambulatory Care Center, 417 N. 11th Street, on the MCV Campus in downtown Richmond.

To discuss any potential candidates or schedule an outpatient referral, call (804) 828-8258.